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noun (1)

bloom·​er ˈblü-mər How to pronounce bloomer (audio)
: a plant that blooms
: a person who reaches full competence or maturity
he was a late bloomer as a writer
[blooming] : a stupid blunder


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noun (2)

bloo·​mer ˈblü-mər How to pronounce bloomer (audio)
: a costume for women consisting of a skirt over long loose trousers gathered closely about the ankles
bloomers plural
: full loose trousers gathered at the knee formerly worn by women for athletics
: underpants of similar design worn chiefly by girls and women

Examples of bloomer in a Sentence

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For later bloomers, a training bra might be something to wear because all of her friends are wearing them. Cheryl Fenton, Parents, 20 Mar. 2024 This herbaceous peony is a mid-season bloomer that flowers in late spring and early summer, usually around June. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 5 Apr. 2024 The list of old-wood bloomers includes lilacs, viburnums and forsythia. Shrubs that bloom on new wood offer the gardener more pruning leeway. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 15 Mar. 2024 For old-wood spring bloomers (group A), trim just after flowering. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 15 Feb. 2024 Seasonal bloomers, such as azaleas, crabapples, or wisteria can also make pretty bonsai. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Mar. 2024 Otherwise consider replacing it with a more reliable bloomer like one of the panicle hydrangeas or another summer flowering shrub. Melinda Myers, Journal Sentinel, 12 Jan. 2024 For new-wood summer bloomers (group C), trim in late winter or early spring. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 15 Feb. 2024 Actress Anna Diop wore a sheer silver sparkling dress by Dior with a bralette and bloomer shorts underneath it. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 4 Dec. 2023

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Word History


Noun (2)

Amelia Bloomer

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1727, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun (2)

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bloomer was in 1727

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Cite this Entry

“Bloomer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Bloom·​er ˈblü-mər How to pronounce Bloomer (audio)
Amelia 1818–1894 née Jenks American reformer

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